What is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo?

Every year millians of Americans develop vertigo, a sensation that you or the surroundings is moving or spinning. This is usually triggered when your head is moved in certain positions. This sensation can be very disturbing and may increase your risk of falling. This disorder affects nearly 9 out of every 100 older adults. The good news is that BPPV can be treated.

What are the typical symptoms?

  • A sensation of vertigo will typically last for about 15-45 seconds.
  • These episodes can occur frequently and may last for weeks or months.
  • You may feel lightheaded, off balance, nauseous, and experience vomiting.
  • A loss of balance or unsteadiness.

What can a Physical Therapist do?

  • Fortunately, most people recover from BPPV with a specific head and neck technique called the Epley maneuver.
  • You will be instructed on home exercises to help manage your symptoms.
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